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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

Pakistan: Murder convict executed

A murder convict was executed at Dera Ghazi Khan Central Jail on Tuesday. 

Police said Abdul Majeed, son of Ghulam Hussain, resident of Chah Gulwala in Taunsa tehsil, had murdered his brother Ali Ahmad and his nephew Abdul Aziz on November 22, 2002. 

Police said they had had a dispute over who would use the family's tractor. 

Ratera police had registered a case against him. 

Additional District and Sessions Judge Ishtiaq Ahmad had sentenced him to death on April 29, 2003. 

Majeed had appealed his case in the superior courts but they upheld his sentence. 

The president had rejected his mercy plea. 

He was hanged on Tuesday and his body was handed over to his family.

Source: The Express Tribune, October 28, 2015

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